The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade (GVBOT) presented its Rix Award for Engaged Corporate Citizenship to Ledcor, stating that “the iconic BC company and leader in community giving, has donated over $20 million to various local charities over the last decade.”
The 2019 award was presented on May 27 at the 32nd Annual Governors' Banquet in Vancouver.
The annual GVBOT gala brings together business, government, and community leaders to induct the Board of Trade's immediate past chair into its Council of Governors. For more information on Ledcor and the Rix awards see below:
2019 RIX AWARD FOR ENGAGED CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP — LEDCOR
Ledcor was chosen as this year's Rix Award for Engaged Corporate Citizenship recipient in recognition of the company's customer focus, outreach, environmental initiatives, and internal work culture. Founded in Edmonton, Alberta in 1947, Ledcor has called British Columbia home for more than three decades, since moving its headquarters to Vancouver in 1986. The company serves the construction (civil, building, telecom, energy), transportation (aviation, marine, trucking), resources (forestry, biomass, mining operations), and property development sectors.
Today, the company employs 3,500 staff along with 2,000 to 4,000 trade employees, depending on projects underway at the time. While 80 per cent of its employees are in B.C. and Alberta, the company also has offices in Vancouver (headquarters), Edmonton, Calgary, Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto, Seattle, Austin, and San Diego.
Ledcor strives to ensure superior customer service is provided as a matter of course. The strength of the company's customer service is exemplified by the length of the company's customer relationships. For example, Imperial Oil (Exxon Mobil) has been a client since the 1940s, while Ledcor has built or renovated more than 400 Costco stores across Canada and the U.S. in the last 25 years.
Ledcor is a leader in community giving and together with its employees it has donated over $20 million to various local charities over the last 10 years. In B.C., Ledcor donated $5 million toward the Ledcor Emergency Department at the Teck Acute Care Centre (BC Children's Hospital). Ledcor and its employees also donate about $90,000 to each of BC Children's Hospital and Canuck Place children's hospice every year.
Projects built by Ledcor have won numerous Vancouver Regional Construction Association Gold and Silver Awards. Recently, one Ledcor-built project (PCI’s Marine Gateway, Vancouver) and one Ledcor co-built project (Don Lands Redevelopment, Toronto) each won a prestigious global Urban Land Institute (ULI) award last year. These are two of only three Canadian projects that have won in the last 10 years.
Ledcor aims to take responsibility for impact that its business has on the world, and is a leader in LEED construction in Canada. The company built Canada's first Living Buildings — the Van Dusen Gardens and SFU Daycare — and Canada's first GreenRoads Certified Highway — the South Fraser Perimeter Road.
"It was the right decision for Ledcor to set-up a new head office in Vancouver in the 80s," says Dave Lede, Chairman and CEO of Ledcor. "We wanted to grow beyond our deep Alberta roots, and the BC construction market fit the bill. You have to take calculated risks to grow, and Vancouver was the right place for Ledcor to transform itself into a national construction company.
"Now, after 70 years in business, Ledcor is firmly established in both provinces and active across Canada and in the US in all forms of construction. Along the way, we added property development, forestry and transportation to diversify our business mix," adds Lede.
"For Ledcor, Vancouver has been a good place to run a continental enterprise. The Western Canadian economy has been solid for many decades and the transportation infrastructure and links are first class. The local business community is patient and resilient and thinks globally."
ABOUT THE RIX AWARDS
The Rix Awards are a Greater Vancouver Board of Trade initiative, presented in honour of the late Dr. Don Rix, who served as Chair of the organization in 2008-09. Award recipients are chosen each year by a special selection committee of the board of directors, based on several criteria.
The Rix Award for Engaged Corporate Citizenship is presented to an enterprise that demonstrates, both in policy and practice, the highest standards of stewardship towards the long-term well-being of customers, employees, owners, partners, the environment, and the broader community.
Past recipients include:
Whistler Blackcomb (2017)
Global BC (2015)
Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (2014)
Teck Resources (2012)
RBC Royal Bank (2010)
Vancouver Airport Authority (2009)